Medicare Advantage: Overpaid by $3 billion in 2010

Insurance companies that run Medicare Advantage plans were overpaid by as much as $3.1 billion in 2010, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. Medicare Advantage plans receive payments from Medicare for each person enrolled [...]

Getting Medicare-covered health services at home

By David Sayen, Medicare Regional Administrator Medicare covers a variety of heath care services that you can receive in the comfort and privacy of your home. These include intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language [...]

Medicare and getting old: Are you worried?

Most older Americans (63%) are very worried they won’t be able to pay for their medical care as they age, according to a report by The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI).  From information contained in the report, we should be worried. According [...]

Beyond Medicare: Who will take care of you when you’re old?

I received and email from the SCAN Foundation with a list of “10 things you should know about aging with dignity and independence”.  The list is an eye-opener… and a real bummer. Here are some of the very interesting points [...]

Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period

If a person is unhappy with their Medicare Advantage plan, there is a way to get out of it, and that is called the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP). The MADP runs from January 1 through February 14th. After that, most people are [...]

Are Americans healthier, or just afraid seek medical care?

Growth in U.S. Health Spending Remains Slow in 2010 U.S. health care spending experienced historically low rates of growth in 2009 and 2010, according to the annual report of national health expenditures (NHE). The low rate of growth means [...]

Medicare Advantage: Enrollment fraud investigated in Tucson

According to a press release from Medicare today: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is investigating an alleged fraudulent scheme to enroll about 900 Arizona Medicare beneficiaries in different Medicare Advantage health [...]

Medicare Advantage: A good investment

Medicare Advantage is the privatization of Medicare. Medicare Advantage will be killed by Obamacare, which reduces payments to these private Medicare plans.  Or will it? In actuality, insurance companies that are highly involved in Medicare [...]